The Goldilocks List: What I Want In 2012

Last year about this time, I compiled a list of gift-giving suggestions for other people. This year, I say to heck with that. This is what I want in 2012.

● A Stanford quarterback almost as good as Andrew Luck (asking for one that’s better than Luck is just insanity)

● A Goldilocks winter, with not too much rain, and not too little

● Equity (both kinds: social and real estate)

● The highest-scoring Super Bowl ever with Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees and Tom Brady firing rockets back and forth (I love the 49ers, but not defensive games)

● A Republican party that remembers its heritage in Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Rockefeller

● A Democratic party that realizes you can’t draft an unenforceable law governing every idiotic human behavior

● A Goldilocks car – one that’s not too big and not too small, with dual climate controls so it really can be too hot on one side and too cool on the other

● A grain, a speck, a smidgen of the Facebook IPO

● Something along the lines of the kinder, gentler nation the Bushes promised but never, ever delivered

● A Goldilocks presidential election  – one that’s not too exciting and not too boring, with the outcome never, ever in doubt

● For the next person who talks about the sanctity of heterosexual marriage be forced to watch every episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians back to back

● A London Olympics that makes my wife smile for the rest of the summer

● A practical reason to buy an iPad (there are already scads of impractical ones)

● Another busy year for my career (anything that gets me closer to retirement is okay with me) with clients who pay on time and don’t schedule 9 a.m. Eastern meetings

● Fewer nose hairs (or at least fewer ticklish ones)

● Fewer aggravating airline charges (hey, United – why are you charging me a $240 “administrative fee” to change my travel dates when I’m doing it online?)

● Goldilocks interest rates – ones that won’t kill the rebounding economy but will actually give retirees some return on their savings

● Laughter, preferably involving familiar stories of youthful foibles with longtime friends

● Happiness to my friends and confusion to my enemies (and for whoever said that first not to read this)

● Continued inspiration to keep my blog readers happy throughout the year

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The Middle-Age Cranky blog is written by baby boomer Howard Baldwin, who finds the world, while occasionally wondrous, increasingly aggravating.
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